Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sugar Pine Cone - Finished drawing!

graphite on paper, 6" x 17" (actual size of pinecone)

"Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world."—John Muir

Pinus lambertiana,
commonly known as the 
sugar pine or sugar cone pine,
 is the tallest and most massive 
pine (genus Pinus),
and has the longest 
cones of any conifer.

Note: I still need to clean up the edges and smudges but I had to post it, since it's been such a long process! I might have to have it professionally scanned, as this stitched-together piece of mine isn't great; graphite is so hard to scan! (Scroll through recent posts for the full story of the pinecone drawing.)


  1. Congratulations!!! You're an inspiration :) I've enjoyed seeing this come together and it looks gorgeous. I can't see where you stitched it together either. Good job. YAY!

  2. The shadows and higlights and subtle blending is exquisite! Well done! I know what you mean about scanning graphite. Sometimes I lie the piece on the floor, making sure no shadows are over it, and then hold my camera level above it. I know it's not the recommended way to shoot your artwork, but it works for me!